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In upcoming very high-speed wireless LANs (WLANs), the physical (PHY) layer rate may reach 600 Mbps. To achieve high efficiency at the medium access control (MAC) layer, we identify fundamental properties that must be satisfied by any CSMA-/CA-based MAC layers and develop a novel scheme called aggregation with fragment retransmission (AFR) that exhibits(More)
It is well known that the medium access control (MAC) layer is the main bottleneck for the IEEE 802.11 wireless LANs. Much work has been done on performance analysis of the 802.11 MAC. However, most of them assume that the wireless channel is error-free. In this paper, we investigate the saturation throughput performance achieved at the MAC layer, in both(More)
A Block Transmission and Acknowledgement (BTA) scheme, also called Block ACK, has been proposed in the IEEE 802.11e wireless LAN (WLAN) specification to improve efficiency of the medium access control layer. The idea of the BTA scheme is to transmit multiple data frames followed by only one acknowledgment frame in a transmission block. In this paper, we(More)
A Block ACK (BTA) scheme has been proposed in IEEE 802.11e to improve medium access control (MAC) layer performance. It is also a promising technique for next-generation high-speed Wireless LANs (WLANs) such as IEEE 802.11n. We present a theoretical model to evaluate MAC saturation throughput of this scheme. This model takes into account the effects of both(More)
To take advantage of the broadcast nature of wireless communication, a number of opportunistic routing protocols have recently been proposed. In order to manage the extra signaling overhead associated with operation of the opportunistic routing, these schemes work in terms of `batches' that consist of multiple packets. While these opportunistic protocols(More)
We consider the task of sizing buffers for TCP flows in 802.11e WLANs. A number of fundamental new issues arise compared to wired networks. These include that the mean service rate is dependent on the level of channel contention and packet inter-service times vary stochastically due to the random nature of CSMA/CA operation. We find that these(More)
Location-based applications (LBAs) are emerging to be the killer applications on mobile devices. To know the whereabouts of devices, various interfaces (<i>ie</i>, GPS, WiFi or cellular) can be used to sense their locations. Ideally, localization should be done all the time. However, keeping any of these interfaces running continuously would drain a(More)
We consider the sizing of network buffers in IEEE 802.11-based networks. Wireless networks face a number of fundamental issues that do not arise in wired networks. We demonstrate that the use of fixed-size buffers in 802.11 networks inevitably leads to either undesirable channel underutilization or unnecessary high delays. We present two novel dynamic(More)